Glenn Beck comes to Lizz Winstead's defense over Oklahoma tornado jokes

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Yesterday afternoon, as news of the tragic tornado in Oklahoma was breaking, Lizz Winstead fired off a string of tweets that injected the situation with her brand of political spin.

"This tornado is in Oklahoma," she wrote at 3:30 p.m., "so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives." (She has since deleted the tweet, at the request, she says, of Oklahoma residents).

She followed with this a few minutes later: Backlash came fast and furious. But at first, Winstead stuck by the jokes.

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At 3:40 p.m., a man who identified himself as an "Oklahoman" tweeted at Winstead that her comments might result in an unfollow. She replied with the rationale behind her tweets:

As the scale of the twister's damage emerged, though, Winstead changed course.

Just before 6 p.m., she tweeted her first apology:

She's a Minnesotan, she continued. She should know better:


More backtracking continued ("I was an idiot"), and an hour later, she was fully behind the cause:
But the mea culpas didn't satisfy the Twitterverse. As tweeters continued to pile on, back-up came from the most surprising of allies.

Little love has ever been lost between Winstead, a staunch lefty, and Glenn Beck, the conservative political commentator who reigned at FOX News until 2011, and who now hosts the Glenn Beck Radio Program. Back in 2010, Winstead cracked on the radio about a fantasy that involved Beck and an electric dog collar that would deliver a shock if he deviated from the facts ("Force him to wear it," she said).

But after 9 last night, Beck called off his conservative dogs and stepped to Winstead's defense, tweeting:

Winstead once told us that she uses Twitter as a tool to test new jokes, and her followers as a kind of focus group. This one, we're guessing, won't make it into her standup routine. But whatever joke she comes up with about finding Beck in her corner? That we're looking forward to hearing.

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11 comments
nbrooks4
nbrooks4

Maybe she should have sang......  "OOOOOOaklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains." 

Now that's funny!  poor taste but funny.  ;o)

scott.luse
scott.luse

Nothing was funny about it. She shows her lack of talent. This from a lefty.

apuhson
apuhson

I thought jokes were supposed to be funny. She didn't make any damn jokes; just dumb cracks my 5th grade nephew might make. Hey Winstead: TOO SOON.

sixwordsperminute
sixwordsperminute

in the cutthroat field of comedy where tragedy plus time equals humor, thousands of cats watch one mouse slowly inch closer and closer to be within pouncing range. One millisecond makes all the difference between being the cat who gets laughs and fame and the cat that all the other cats point at and say, "you idiot, now none of us can use that joke".


me, i'll stick to my job at Marshall's, i have dental insurance, and no one criticizes me.

Justin Irvine
Justin Irvine

Their is a general rule among comedians of good standing and that is you need to let at least and I mean bare minimum three days pass before even a minor joke can be told. why three days because our culture has about a three day attention span...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Both Oklahoma Senators voted against Hurricane Sandy relief.   Senator James Inhofe has compared environmentalists to Nazis multiple times.  Inhofe said the families of the victims of Newtown were being tricked and shouldn't be speaking out in favor of gun control legislation because it had nothing to do with them   In 2002 Senator Inhofe gave a speech implying that 9/11 was divine retribution against the United States because we didn't defend Israel.  That year James won reelection with 57% of the vote.  Senator Inhofe has openly stated he would not hire a gay person to work for him.  Senator Inhofe also hilariously boasted on the Senate floor that "in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship."   James Inhofe has won every statewide election in Oklahoma by at least 15 percentage points.  Oklahoma has passed multiple laws and spent millions of dollars fighting to ban "Sharia Law"   I think we are pretty safe to laugh at this one.  I mean Oklahoma has shown time and time again how much they love an offensive joke. 

Linda Hallen
Linda Hallen

Doesn't represent Minnesota well. Tasteless.

Peter Farnsworth
Peter Farnsworth

Why do we live in a culture where the idiots make headlines??

H8TER
H8TER

@MicheleBachmann Yeah!  Evertone in OK sux.  Hate Hate Hate.  why so much hate out there?  Maybe you  were are from OK yourself?

DickersonBigHerb
DickersonBigHerb

@H8TER hey bro, you on the crack?  that's some messed up shit spelling you try to make on the interweb.

keny1
keny1

@H8TER MB is a low-information, brainwashed Liberal. Pay no attention to her. 

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